5 things you should resell

Most things can be reused, but some things are more important than others to recycle, because of their negative climate impact. If you sell these five things or give them away, when you no longer use them, you’re doing yourself and the environment a favor.

1. Jeans

To produce a pair of jeans requires approximately 11 000 liters of water. The most toxic of all are all the hazardous chemicals that are added during coloring. Black and blue colors are especially harmful.

2. Mobiles

The production of mobile phones and other electronics require not only the use of environmentally dangerous substances like arsenic and cyanide. But these devices also contain several minerals that could be conflict minerals. Extraction of conflict minerals, for example, gold and tin, is the underlying and upholding factor in a series of armed conflicts in Central Africa, with serious human rights violations e.g. slave and child labor, murder and rape, and Corruption as a consequence in Central Africa.

3. Bikes

Steel production and ore mining are very energy intense industries. To lift a load (load carrier, train) of iron ore from a mine in Kiruna requires the same amount of energy as the whole of Enköping (50.000 pop) consume during a day (24hours).

4. Leather couches

Leather couches require large amounts of food to feed cows, which in their turn burp and fart out ozone-depleting methane gas. On top of that, you need steel and trees that must grow for at least 50 years to make the frame of the sofa.

5. Household appliances

These massive goods made of steel, plastic and paint are very energy intense both in production as well as in usage and finally as waste or recycling. Refrigerators and freezers older than 10 years should rather be handed into recycling because they may be very energy inefficient and contain substances that are very hazardous for the planet and people such as Freon.